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Polygamer is a biweekly audio podcast that encourages and celebrates equality and diversity in gaming by interviewing voices pushing for change. By speaking with traditionally marginalized voices, Polygamer provides a platform to discuss problems and seek perspective on matters of sexism, racism, ableism, ageism, and more, within our industry, our community, and our games. Polygamer publishes on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play Music, and TuneIn the second and fourth Wednesday of every month.

This podcast was inspired by a PAX East 2014 panel, "Sex, Sexy & Sexism: Fixing Gender Inequality in Gaming", featuring Ken Gagne, Susan Arendt, Brianna Wu, Tifa Robles, and Duane de Four. That panel was in turn inspired by Anita Sarkeesian's Kickstarter for Tropes vs. Women in Video Games.

About the Host

Ken Gagne is Polygamer's straight, white, cisgendered, male host. Over the course of these interviews, he hopes to diminish his ignorance of other people's experiences and gain a better understanding of what it means to be a gamer in the 21st century.

Ken has been a gamer since the Atari 2600 and Apple II. He was the community manager (sysop) of the Video Gaming Central Forum on CompuServe (1994–2004) and of the Gamebits forum on Syndicomm Online (2001–2006). He has been a member of the press since 1997 as a reporter, editor, and freelancer, having been published in such outlets as Computerworld, PCWorld, ITworld, and TechHive. He has spoken at conferences in Boston, Denver, and Kansas City on such subjects as podcasting, retrocomputing, crowdfunding, and WordPress.

Ken brings years of podcasting experience to Polygamer, having been the producer of the Computerworld Editor's Note, founder and host of MS Challenge Talk, and founder and co-host of Open Apple. He is also currently the host of IndieSider and publisher of The Pubcast, and a recurring guest of the Retro Computing Roundtable.

Credits

Interviews are recorded with a Logitech USB H530 headset, Skype, and Audio Hijack Pro; edited with Audacity, Levelator, and iTunes; published with WordPress and Blubrry; and hosted with DreamHost.

This site was designed by Moira Racich based on the Blox theme. Racich further adapted the logo by whiteseobox into the MP3's album artwork.

The website's content is created and maintained using such software as BBEdit, MarsEdit, GraphicConverter, Transmit, and Chrome.

My thanks to Andy Molloy, Lorien Green, Aleen Simms, Nicole Tompkins-Hughes, T.J. Awrey, Michele DeFilippo, and Lon Seidman for their support.

Disclaimers

Ken Gagne is active on Kickstarter and Patreon; his profiles and the projects and artists I've backed are public. Any potential conflicts of interest will be cited in the associated blog post and/or podcast.

Polygamer is an independent publication that is not affiliated with Polygamer.com, Less Than or Equal, Juiced.GS, Open Apple, the Retro Computing Roundtable, the Polygamerous podcast, my employers, or any other organization. The views and opinions expressed on this show are solely those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect those of their colleagues or employers.


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Jun 22, 2016 Ken Gagne
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Tatjana Vejnovic is a writer, editor, student, panelist, and former retailer. Her PAX East panel series on why it's really rad being a woman in the games industry has run for three consecutive years, highlighting the strengths and opportunities available to women in a traditionally male-dominated business. When not on stage, she writes for video game website The Koalition , having previously written for several other websites, including one that provided an inside look at retailer GameStop from...
Topics: 9/11, Ask Tatjana, feminism, GameStop, Jelly Tali & Associates LLC, Koalition, panel, PAX East,...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2016/06/22/pg46-tatjana-vejnovic/
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Mar 23, 2016 Ken Gagne
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Chachi Bobinks is the co-host of The Dialogue Wheel , a fan podcast dedicated to Mass Effect, Dragon Age, and all things BioWare — including diversity! Fittingly, Chachi wears multiple hats herself: podcaster, feminist, PAX Enforcer, parent, and cat lady. How she juggles it all is anyone's guess. In this rollicking hour of hilarity, Ken fires a series of difficult questions at Chachi: What makes BioWare so special that they get their own fan podcast? What's your favorite BioWare game? How...
Topics: BioWare, Chachi Bobinks, Dialogue Wheel, Dragon Age, Enforcer, feminism, GamerGate, Hooters,...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2016/03/23/pg40-chachi-bobinks/
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Sep 9, 2015 Ken Gagne
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Kara Stone is a independent game developer whose works blend interactive art, self-care, mental health, and feminism. Her non-traditional approach to gaming invites users to contemplate the necessity of agency, the nature of diagnosis, and the definition of a game. Her work is available for multiple platforms, including iOS, SMS, and Web; some, such as Medication Meditation, were developed through Dames Making Games and published by Golden Gear, both in her native Toronto. In this episode of...
Topics: ableism, ableist, Cyber Sext Adventure, Dames Making Games, Ex Machina, feminism, Feminist...
Source: competitive gaming; esports; GameCube; Lilian Chen; Milktea; misogyny; Nintendo; Nintendo GameCube; NYU; Smash Bros.; Super Smash Bros.; Super Smash Bros. Melee; TED; TED-Ed; The New Meta; thenewmeta
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Fiona Cherbak is a human resources and staffing specialist with a storied career in the entertainment and games industries. At this year's Game Developers Conference, she will moderate the panel " Turning the Tide: Hiring and Retaining Women in the Games Industry ". In this exclusive preview with Polygamer , Cherbak discusses how and where in the pipeline to effect change in the industry's gender diversity; how to create work environments that are appealing and safe for women; and...
Topics: Austin, Boston, Boston Festival of Indie Games, BostonFIG, feminism, Fiona Cherbak, GDC, hiring,...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2015/02/25/pg16-fiona-cherbak/
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Nov 12, 2014 Ken Gagne
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Duane de Four is an educator and activist specializing in gender violence prevention, bystander intervention, diversity, and sexual health education. He's also a hardcore gamer and media critic who has spoken at PAX East on gender representation in games and gender equality in the gaming industry. In this episode of Polygamer , de Four speaks with Ken Gagne about how male and female characters are treated differently in such games as Batman: Arkham City, the toxic masculinity that has...
Topics: Duane de Four, feminism, GamerGate, How Manly, manhood, manliness, masculinity, men, rape, toxic...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2014/11/12/pg09-duane-de-four/
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Sep 24, 2014 Ken Gagne
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At PAX East 2014, I moderated a panel titled " Sex, Sexy & Sexism: Fixing Gender Inequality in Gaming " in which three women and two men discussed the problems and solutions facing the industry. Four months later at PAX Prime, those same three women reunited for another panel: "The F Word", that being "feminism". In this panel, they share their experiences in the industry, giving us some perspective on problems that may not be obvious to those who have not...
Topics: Alexa Ray Corriea, Andrea Rene, Brianna Wu, BrokenCRT, F Word, feminism, panel, PAX, PAX Prime,...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2014/09/24/pg06-f-word-pax-prime/
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Aug 27, 2014 Ken Gagne
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Sheri Graner Ray is a game developer with 25 years experience in the industry and credits that include games such as Ultima and Star Wars Galaxies and co-founding Women in Games International . In 2003, she published the book Gender Inclusive Game Design—Expanding the Market , on how to make games that appeal to both male and female players. In this interview, Ray explains some of the differences between how genders interact with technology, why male gamers shouldn't see her proposals as...
Topics: book, Cengage, feminism, GDC, gender-inclusive game design, IGDA, market, sexism, Sheri Graner Ray,...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2014/08/27/pg04-sheri-graner-ray/
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Jul 23, 2014 Ken Gagne
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Keisha Howard is the founder of the Sugar Gamers , a female-oriented group of over 2,000 gamers in the Chicago area. Unlike Ubisoft's Frag Dolls, the Sugar Gamers is a non-competitive social group for women, providing an alternative to other gaming groups' "sausage fests". In this episode of Polygamer, Keisha debates what constitutes being a gamer, how and why the Sugar Gamers encourage younger women to enter the gaming industry, and whether it's sexist to refer to women as...
Topics: Chicago, feminism, Frag Dolls, Illinois, Keisha Howard, Sugar Gamers, Ubisoft
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2014/07/23/pg02-keisha-howard-sugar-gamers/